Tellina (Fabulina) fabula Gmelin, 1791
Tellinoidea : Tellinidae
Inequilateral, beaks just behind midline.
Narrowly ovate/elongate, wedge-shaped, anterior dorsal margin shorter, sloping gently to the broadly rounded anterior margin. Posterior dorsal margin straight to narrowly rounded, almost pointed posterior margin. Posterior ventral margin almost straight until midline, becoming broadly rounded. Posterior region curved to right.
Sculpture: Fine concentric lines. In the RV lines run diagonally from right to left. Margin: Smooth. Ligament: Brown arched band extends one third the length of posterior margin on a nymph plate. Hinge: 2 cardinals in each valve; in LV anterior is bifid, in RV posterior bifid. In LV one short tiny posterior lateral, no anterior lateral; in RV anterior lateral prominent, posterior lateral small, below and behind nymph plate. Pallial Musculature: Pallial sinus deep, almost to anterior adductor, peaks beneath beak. Cruciform muscles indistinct. Periostracum: Thin, transparent and glossy. Colour: White, sometimes with orange of yellow tinges.
Distribution & Ecology
Continental Shelf (to 200m)
Additional Information & Related Species
Key Features & Similar Species
Tellinoidea : Tellinidae
Listed are literature citing Tellina (Fabulina) fabula Gmelin, 1791. Reference containing the species Type Description is highlighted.
Gmelin J F 1791. Carli Linnaei systema Naturae per regna tria naturae. Editio decimatertia, aucta, reformata, Vermes Testacea 1 (6). Lipsiae. 3021-3910.
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